For the second year running, the Ministerial Association has taken a booth at Agri Fair. Last year, we had a complimentary table in an out of the way corner. This year, we paid up and received a table in among the farming organisations, the financial and insurance institutions , and the small equipment vendors in the curling club. The large equipment dealers were in the adjoining arena. (The ice had been taken off the week before.)
The show ran on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 5th and 6th of April, from 4 pm to 9 pm each evening. Our table had information about the local churches, the hospital chaplaincy programme, Queen’s Bush Rural Ministries, and Bibles and literature from The Gideons.
Queen’s Bush Rural Ministries is an organisation which was started during the farm crisis of the mid-1980s. Its function is to help farmers, and others in the rural community dependent on farming, in times of distress by providing counselling and advocacy.
Weather always has a large influence on attendance at Agri Fair. If the weather is good, then attendance is low as farmers are out farming. If the weather is bad, there isn’t much else to do, so the show is an evening out for the family. Attendance was good on Tuesday and fair on Wednesday. The thought of driving home on ice might have kept folks home on Wednesday.
We gave out a lot of literature. We met old friends and made some new. Agri fair, for us, was a success.
On the other side of the aisle from us was the Ontario Federation of Agriculture booth. They were giving away apples over the two evenings and had some left over at the end. I got half a dozen Idareds to take home. Wife made a rather splendid pie the next day.